Mike Tyson was intimidated.

Visiting Australia for the first time, the former world heavyweight champion was offered the opportunity to get cuddly with a koala.

The erstwhile Baddest Man On The Planet declined. Emphatically.

"Good animals go bad sometimes," Tyson said.

Realizing how ridiculous the scene must have been with his waving off the koala, Tyson quickly added: "This doesn't look well."

Tyson also provided a more scientific explanation for his fear.

"I'm sure they've got a lot of bacteria in those nasty claws," he said. "A friend of mine had a koala scratch him."

Tyson is on a multi-city speaking tour of Australia, including Brisbane where the koala encounter occurred.

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